We are still one month away from being officially in winter, but everything outside looked bleak, and dead, and void of life. The trees had lost all of their leaves and were standing naked and scrawny and vulnerable. All of the fresh white snow that had fallen six days ago was now as gray as the sky above and hopeless of any possibility of ever being fresh again.
It is days like this that the reality sinks in that we are now on a LONG journey from autumn (through winter) with all of its deadness and regrets for what wasn’t accomplished and what we couldn’t do because we were too busy when we had the chance, until we reach spring four months away. It is a trip we may not to take, but is a matter of fact; not choice.
And even though last night the weatherman had predicted that it would be warmer over the next two days, the reality is that the temperatures are plummeting towards the freezing mark and beyond as the calendar takes us closer to the dead of winter.
No, we are not fooled by his optimistic predictions! We Minnesotans know that January is only a month away where historically the temperatures have reached as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit; usually settling for about ten consecutive days of only minus 20 degrees.
Yes today it feels as though winter is here, but there is a hope that is awaiting those to whom will seek it.
The same God who is doing something new wants to bring springtime to your current season of winter! Yes today it feels as though winter is here in our personal lives, but there is a hope that is awaiting those who will seek it.
My friends; God is up to something new in our lives and the old just may have to go to make room for the new. And grasping this truth will make the difference between disappointment and “His”-appointment.
Because when God takes us through changes it’s easy to get disappointed when we can’t see what He is doing and too many people spend their lives stuck on what could have been as they fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of themselves or others for their lives. Disappointment becomes the new focus of their existence.
Grasping this truth can change your perspective. It can give an opportunity for anticipation of what God might be up to, rather than disappointment for how things appear to have turned out.
Yes, today it feels as though winter is here, but there is a hope that is awaiting those who will seek it. Where do you begin? Simply call on the name of Jesus and He will respond!
The Message (MSG)
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